Happy St. Patrick’s Day!: Upcoming Irish Events on Campus

Villanova University is intimately connected with Ireland, and actively promotes connections between American and Irish scholarship. It is only fitting, then, that Villanova should host a couple wonderful events in the next few days to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

On St. Patrick’s Day itself, the novelist Glenn Patterson will present a reading, held in Driscoll Hall’s auditorium at 7pm. Serving as a senior lecturer in Creative Writing at Queen’s University, Glenn Patterson has also authored numerous novels, articles, and plays, among other works. Currently, Patterson holds the Charles A. Heimbold, Jr., Chair of Irish Studies, a respected position granted every year since 2000 to a “distinguished Irish writer.”[1] Patterson’s reading tomorrow evening promises to be a delightful way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. For more information on Patterson’s works, please see the Irish Studies page on the Heimbold Chair, and for more information on the reading, please see your Wildcat Newswire, or take a look at the Irish Studies calendar of events.

In brief, the event details are as follows:

Glenn Patterson – Reading, Annual Literary Festival

Driscoll Hall Auditorium, Room 132

March 17, 7:00 p.m.


The second notable event celebrating Irish history is held in commemoration of the Easter Rising of 1916, which occurred primarily in Dublin, Ireland. This event on Monday, March 21 marks the opening of an exhibit located in Falvey Library, entitled “To Strike For Freedom.” Held in the Speaker’s Corner (located on the first floor of the library), the event will feature live traditional Irish music, and a variety of readings from Irish literature on the 1916 Rising. The events of the 1916 Easter week are among the most critical in Irish history, as a group of nationalist Irish men and women rebelled against British authority and desperately fought for the freedom of their country. Although the Irish failed to establish and independent Republic in 1916, the Rising did lead to events that later on helped Ireland gain her freedom. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rising, and there is much to look forward to in scholarship and public history on the Rising throughout this year. For more information on “To Strike for Freedom,” please see the Irish Studies event page, or the Library’s post about the event.

Event details, in brief, are as follows:

“To Strike for Freedom”

Speaker’s Corner, Falvey Library

March 21, 4:00 p.m.

Finally, if you care for some fun, light reading about St. Patrick’s Day, check out this post  on the “Top Ten Facts You Never Knew about St. Patrick’s Day”  from Irish Central, along with the site’s other articles.

Be on the lookout for additional exciting Irish events later in the semester!

[1] “Heimbold Chair: Glenn Patterson,” Villanova University, http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/irishstudies/heimbold.html.


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